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From June 1st to June 17th, I climbed McKinley’s West Buttress with Swazi tribal member, former game ranger, now world adventurer Sibusiso Vilane, who I met on Denali last year. It was a great trip. We had a blast, working hard, laughing a ton, and summiting on June 13th. Stay tuned for Sibu’s amazing story this autumn. Until then, enjoy. –Steve Howe
West Buttress in clearing storm.
“I vait for kamera.” Descent Russian Style.
Sibu carrying around Windy Corner, 13,000 feet.
Home sweet home at 14,000.
Exposed climbing atop the West Butress, 16,000 feet.
Sibu rounding Washburn’s Thumb, 16,500.
Frigid sunset at 17,200 feet.
Climbing in full space suits. Zebra Rocks, 19,000 feet.
Summit ridge, 20,000 feet.
Sibusiso bags his 7th Summit. Friday, June 13th.
Midnight stroll at 20 below, 17,200.
Sibu at the Climber’s Memorial in Talkeetna.